Go to Content Go to Navigation Go to Navigation Go to Site Search Homepage

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio
For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Contact: Aileen Day [email protected] | 614-313-2057

Trigger Ban Introduced in Ohio House

Columbus, Ohio – Yesterday, State Representative John Becker introduced House Bill 538, which would ban all abortions if the United States Supreme Court overturns Roe vs. Wade.

This “trigger ban” would instantly block abortion access if any state is able to reach a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe vs. Wade. This ban makes it a felony for doctors to administer abortion drugs and to perform surgical abortions. If passed and enacted, this fear tactic will lead to massive amounts of misinformation.

Statement from Lauren Blauvelt-Copelin, Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Advocacy of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio:

“Anti-Abortion extremists are at it again. House Bill 538 is the tenth ban introduced in the last year, proving leaders in the Ohio General Assembly are only focused on eliminating legal access to abortion and neglecting everything else. Ohioans deserve better. Ohioans deserve lawmakers who are focused on making their lives better, including expanding access to health care.”

Bans like these are not about protecting anyone, but chipping away access. Abortion bans are never going to end abortion. These bans will end the ability for people to access safe, legal abortion. HB 538 would disproportionately impact young people, people of color, people with low-incomes, people in rural communities, and the LGBTQ+ community’s ability to access safe, legal abortion.

We cannot accept a world where safe, legal reproductive health care access depends on your zip code. It is unconstitutional to ban abortion. The Supreme Court has repeatedly reaffirmed this conclusion, including Planned Parenthood vs. Casey in 1992 and Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt in 2016.


Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio supports advocacy for reproductive health and reproductive rights, including grassroots organizing, community education, and lobbying. www.ppao.org

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors use cookies and other tools to collect, store, monitor, and analyze information about your interaction with our site to improve performance, analyze your use of our sites and assist in our marketing efforts. You may opt out of the use of these cookies and other tools at any time by visiting Cookie Settings. By clicking “Allow All Cookies” you consent to our collection and use of such data, and our Terms of Use. For more information, see our Privacy Notice.

Cookie Settings

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors, use cookies, pixels, and other tracking technologies to collect, store, monitor, and process certain information about you when you access and use our services, read our emails, or otherwise engage with us. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences, or your device. We use that information to make the site work, analyze performance and traffic on our website, to provide a more personalized web experience, and assist in our marketing efforts. We also share information with our social media, advertising, and analytics partners. You can change your default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our Necessary Cookies as they are deployed to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information, please see our Privacy Notice.



We use online advertising to promote our mission and help constituents find our services. Marketing pixels help us measure the success of our campaigns.



We use qualitative data, including session replay, to learn about your user experience and improve our products and services.



We use web analytics to help us understand user engagement with our website, trends, and overall reach of our products.